ALDEBURGH FESTIVAL @ SNAPE MALTINGS – FolkWorld Live Review

Lúnasa and Kate Rusby Band playing this prestigious festival

…Lúnasa were the first folk act appearing during this year’s Prom season. Having seen them here the first time, I was impressed by this magnificent Irish band. Lúnasa’s playing is very tight and full of innovative ideas. The musicians are obviously some of the very best that Ireland has on offer. Their approach is fresh and open minded – the music goes far beyond Irish traditional music, entering both other (mainly Celtic) traditions, and other music styles. Yet they always stay true to the roots of the music.

Lúnasa’s range of instruments features fiddle (Séan Smyth), flute (Kevin Crawford), pipes (Cillian Vallely), and on the rhythm side, guitar (Donagh Hennessy) and bass (Trevor Hutchinson). They played a beautiful mix of breathtaking arrangements of traditional Irish tunes, ventured to Galicia, Canada, Brittany and Scotland, and presented also some of their own compositions. A band that can easily convince anybody of that open minded Irish music is the best thing since sliced bread. Lúnasa’s latest album has just been released, after a legal battle between Lúnasa and their record company, as Séan told the audience – the record company had published the album without the band’s agreement. Good news is that Lúnasa won the case.
This was a superb evening with one of the best Irish bands around….

-Michael Moll